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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique microwaves rating which considers: 10,000 UK prices • 14,000 expert & user reviews • 1,700 product comparisons • 11 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

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Panasonic NN‑CT56

28 Reviews

£173.00

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
27L
Info
Info
£470
Over 10 years
Apr 2018
£7 Voucher
#2

89

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Samsung MC28H5013AS

242 Reviews

£108.00

Freestanding
Info
1,400W
Info
28L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
£7 Voucher
#3

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Panasonic NNST45KWBPQ

£145.00

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
32L
Info
Info
£470
Over 10 years
Nov 2017
#4

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Samsung MC32K7055CK

92 Reviews

£219.00

Freestanding
Info
900W
Info
32L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
May 2019
#5

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Magic Chef MCM1611W

45 Reviews

£103.23

Freestanding
Info
1,100W
Info
45.3L
Info
Info
£520
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
#6

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Sharp R860KM

20 Reviews
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£99.94

Freestanding
Info
900W
Info
25L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Nov 2016
#7

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Samsung MS23F301TAS

164 Reviews

£64.99

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
23L
Info
Info
£370
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
#8

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Panasonic NNST46KBBPQ

£145.00

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
32L
Info
Info
£470
Over 10 years
Nov 2017
#9

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Russell Hobbs RHM3002

320 Reviews

£138.97

Freestanding
Info
900W
Info
30L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
£30 Voucher
#10

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Bosch Serie 4 CMA583MS0B

9 Reviews

£489.99

(Unknown)
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900W
Info
44L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
£7 Voucher
#11

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Hotpoint MWH26321MB

16 Reviews

£139.97

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
25L
Info
Info
£370
Over 10 years
Jan 2017
£7 Voucher
#12

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Panasonic NN‑SD25H

3 Reviews

£119.00

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
23L
Info
Info
£470
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
#13

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Samsung MC28H5135CK

37 Reviews

£214.99

Freestanding
Info
900W
Info
28L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Aug 2018
#14

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AEG MBE2658SEM

12 Reviews

£214.99

(Unknown)
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900W
Info
26L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Jun 2017
#15

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Samsung MS28J5215AS

279 Reviews

£99.00

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
28L
Info
Info
£470
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
#16

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Daewoo KOR9GPBR

88 Reviews

£75.00

Freestanding
Info
900W
Info
26L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Jun 2015
#17

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Kenwood K25MSS11

358 Reviews

£80.00

Freestanding
Info
900W
Info
25L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
#18

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Panasonic NNSD27HSBPQ

£129.00

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
23L
Info
Info
£470
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
#19

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Russell Hobbs RHBM2503

21 Reviews

£184.99

Integrated
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900W
Info
25L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Feb 2017
#20

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Kenwood K25MB14

317 Reviews

£88.99

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
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£420
Over 10 years
Jul 2015

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What Are The Best Microwave Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every microwave and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated microwave brand is Panasonic with an average rating of 90%. Compare all award winning microwaves.

Rank Brand Number of Microwaves Price Range Average Rating
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Panasonic Microwaves 77 £40 - £509
90%
247 reviews
#2
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Hotpoint Microwaves 60 £57 - £639
87%
349 reviews
#3
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Samsung Microwaves 73 £65 - £749
87%
1,735 reviews
#4
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Whirlpool Microwaves 73 £79 - £1,144
87%
80 reviews
#5
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Bosch Microwaves 61 £70 - £1,373
84%
275 reviews
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Daewoo Microwaves 50 £45 - £160
83%
197 reviews
#7
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Smeg Microwaves 23 £180 - £899
81%
16 reviews
#8
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Sharp Microwaves 55 £40 - £655
81%
765 reviews
#9
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Russell Hobbs Microwaves 42 £45 - £150
80%
3,946 reviews
#10
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Neff Microwaves 34 £210 - £1,302
77%
48 reviews
#11
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Siemens Microwaves 26 £200 - £1,297
75%
16 reviews
#12
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LG Microwaves 31 £110 - £231
30%
4 reviews
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Severin Microwaves 22 £45 - £170

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Kenwood
K30CSS14
£129.99
19% bigger
interior
capacity
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Samsung
MS23H3125A
£87.99
£42 cheaper
Better brand
User reviews
are a little
better
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Samsung
MS23K3555E
£77.99
£58 cheaper
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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LG
NeoChef
£136.03
Two months
newer
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Bosch
CMG633BS1
£848.57
Better brand
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Siemens
CM633GBS1
£718.43
£130 cheaper
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10 months newer
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Kenwood
K30CSS14
£129.99
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interior
capacity
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2621
£134.10
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are better
Overall reviews
are better
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Russell Hobbs
RHM2362
£72.50
£17 cheaper
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£47 cheaper to
run over five
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K25MB14
£89.00
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reviews
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reviews
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Sharp
R860
£99.94
£9 cheaper
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MW3500
£108.99
14 months newer
11% cheaper to
run over five
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MC28M6075
£209.99
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£47 cheaper to
run over five
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interior
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NN-CT56
£173.00
£37 cheaper
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CMG676BS6B
£1,068.91
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DME1195GX
£849.00
£220 cheaper
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£87.99
11% cheaper to
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K25MB14
£89.00
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
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Sharp
R272KM
£59.94
Better brand
Better Kagoo
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by £190 over
five years
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Daewoo
Manual Microwave Oven
£49.97
£10 cheaper
Five months
newer
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Samsung
MC28H5013AW
£109.00
£11 cheaper
Better brand
Better Kagoo
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Sharp
R861S
£119.99
Six months
newer
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Samsung
MG23K3515
£80.73
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years
£94 cheaper to
run over five
years
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capacity
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RHM2031
£66.97
£14 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Swan
SM22090COPN
£89.00
Better Kagoo
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by £47 over
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Sharp
R244
£69.99
£19 cheaper
Better brand
Bigger
interior
capacity
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Russell Hobbs
RHFM2363
£89.00
£11 cheaper
Better brand
User reviews
are better
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Kenwood
K25CSE16
£99.97
Overall reviews
are a little
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Bigger
interior
capacity
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LG
MJ3965
£250.90
A lot bigger
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capacity
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Whirlpool
MCP 349 SL
£193.07
£58 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
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Russell Hobbs
RHEM2301
£54.99
£34 cheaper
Better user
reviews
Better overall
reviews
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Sharp
R360KM
£89.00
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
Newer by 14
months
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Russell Hobbs
RHM2064
£59.99
£20 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
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Logik
L20GS14
£79.98
Three years
newer
User reviews
are appreciably
better
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Samsung
MS28J5215A
£99.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Overall reviews
are a lot
better
VS
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Russell Hobbs
RHFM2363
£89.00
£10 cheaper
A little better
user reviews
£94 cheaper to
run over five
years
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Sharp
R274
£63.99
£25 cheaper
User reviews
are a little
better
Overall reviews
are a little
better
VS
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Kenwood
K25MB14
£89.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Bigger interior
capacity
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Kenwood
K23MFW15
£124.99
Newer by 22
months
Cheaper to run
by £94 over
five years
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Panasonic
NN-SD25H
£119.00
£6 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is a steam function?
AThis is a way of cooking foods using bursts of hot steam rather than direct heat or microwaves. It's a more delicate form of cooking, best suited to vegetables, dumplings and even pasta.
QWhat is combination cooking on a microwave?
AThis involves using both the microwave and oven or grill functions of the appliance simultaneously - frequently the microwaves are used to cook the food quickly, while the grill crisps and browns the top.
QWhat is a rotisserie?
AA rotisserie spit is a special rotating skewer available as an add-on for some premium microwaves. It allows you to spit-roast chicken and meat in the microwave - meaning the appliance can be used to cook many more dishes.

Microwave Buying Guide

A microwave is a necessity of any modern kitchen. It is a versatile tool that can be used for far more than just reheating leftovers - it can be used for all manner of cooking, from poaching salmon to baking potatoes.

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Capacity

Microwaves come in all different shores and sizes, and are primarily differentiated by their capacity, measured in litres (L). The bigger the capacity of your microwave, the larger the food you can cook in it. Some microwaves just fit single plates or bowls, while other models are large enough to fit an entire chicken or soup pot in.

Oven & Grill Functions

Some microwaves have the ability to function as ovens and grills in addition to standard microwave cooking. Microwaves that have an added grill function combine the normal microwave cooking with a heated element either on the top or the sides of the machine - this allows it to function similar to a standard grill. Microwave ovens, on the other hand, can cook and roast food exactly like a convection oven. Whichever model you pick, these types of microwaves greatly increase the types of food you can cook, and turn your microwave into the central cooking tool in your kitchen - you can roast fish and beef, roast vegetables and grill cheese toasties!

More advanced models of microwave may also have a steamer function. As the name suggests, a steamer addition to the microwave uses boiling water to generate bursts of hot steam inside the microwave. This is a great method of delicately cooking vegetables so they retain the maximum amount of nutrients, and can also be used for cooking fish, dumplings, or Chinese-style pancakes for roast duck. While normally only found in the most high-level and expensive microwaves, it allows the appliance to become even more versatile as a cooking tool, and therefore may well be worth the extra expense.

Power Levels/Cooking Programs

Microwaves are all given a power level, rated in Watts. The higher the power level, the faster your food will be cooked. Most modern microwaves come with a range of power levels, allowing you great flexibility when preparing your food. They also come with specific setting for warming, reheating or defrosting food - extremely useful in speeding up cooking times, or reheating food previously cooked. Defrosting is an especially useful setting, meaning that joints of meat and frozen food can be brought up to room temperature in a matter of minutes.

Many microwaves now have a selection of automatic cooking functions as well. These allow you to input a type of food to cook (potatoes, chicken, soups, etc) and a weight, and the microwave will automatically calculate the power level and time needed to cook it perfectly. Conveniences like this can make preparing dinner hassle-free, and remove the guesswork and constant checking to see if your food is ready.

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This automatic cooking function can also extend to defrosting and reheating leftovers, making the microwave an invaluable tool for easy food heating and prep. Some advanced models of microwave also offer a 'power defrost' setting, which can defrost frozen meat far quickly than usual defrost programs. However because this defrost cycle is far more powerful, care has to be given to make sure that you don't accidentally part cook the food while it's being defrosted.

Extra Features

Finally, some microwaves comes with a collection of extra features, to make cooking easier or more convenient. These can include recipe books detailing how to cook different types of food, baking trays designed to fit comfortably into the machine, or racks to allow multiple dishes to be cooked at once. Some microwave ovens even include a rotisserie spit, allowing you to cook spit-roasted chicken or pork.

Microwave Retailers, Prices and Features

Microwave Prices

We currently list 642 microwaves ranging from £23 to £1,999. A new microwave costs on average £254 and 80% of microwaves are priced between £60 and £573. The most expensive microwave that we found is the Miele DGM6500 at £1,999, and the cheapest is the Sharp R1874T at only £23.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

The highest average microwave price out of all brands is Miele microwaves with an average price of £1,077. Miele microwaves range in price from £528 to £1,999.

Fisher & Paykel microwaves range in price from £800 to £1,250, and the average price of Fisher & Paykel microwaves is £1,025 which is the second highest average price of all microwave brands.

KitchenAid microwaves range in price from £430 to £1,250, and the average price of KitchenAid microwaves is £870 which is the third highest average price of all microwave brands.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 42 expert reviews and 12,141 user reviews for microwaves and used this data to determine the average rating for each brand of microwave. The top three microwave brands are Panasonic, Hotpoint and Samsung. Panasonic has an average rating of 90%, Hotpoint has an average rating of 87% and Samsung has an average rating of 87%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

We found 618 current offers for microwaves from eBay making it the biggest microwave retailer. That is more than twice as big as the second biggest retailer, AO for whom we found 239 current offers for microwaves. The third biggest retailer is Appliances Direct with 206 current microwave offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

Most new microwaves tend to be released between March and April. 33 new microwaves were released in March 2018 making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases. The biggest month in 2017 for new microwave releases was April, with 68 new microwaves released that month. In 2016 most new microwaves were released in October, with 116 new microwaves released that month.

How Fast Do Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, microwaves drop in price by 2% on average.

That means that on a typical microwave costing £254 you could save on average £5 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Case Designs

The case design of the microwave shows whether it is meant to be free standing, or designed to be built into fixtures unobtrusively.

Freestanding is the most common case design amongst new microwaves. We found 702 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves. We found 73 microwaves that are integrated microwaves, making this the second most common case design amongst new microwaves.

Microwave Powers

'Microwave Power' denotes how strong the cooking power of the microwave is, measured in watts (W).

Comparing all microwaves, the microwave powers range from 500W to 3,300W. The microwave powers of the majority of microwaves range from 800W to 950W. The Smeg SF4101MS, which is on sale for £899.00, has the biggest microwave power and is a 3,300W microwave. The Daewoo KOR-5A17B, which is on sale for £80.40, has the smallest microwave power and is a 500W microwave.

A higher power level that food cooked in the microwave will cook quicker and more efficiently.

Interior Capacities

'Interior Capacity' is how much the microwave can hold, measured in litres (L).

The interior capacities of microwaves range from 1.5L to 62L. The interior capacities of most microwaves range from 22L to 26L. The Zanussi ZKK47902XK, which currently retails for £399.99, has the biggest interior capacity and is a 51L capacity microwave. The microwave with the smallest interior capacity is the Hotpoint MWH1311B, which is a 13L capacity microwave and can be purchased for £84.99.

A bigger capacity means that the microwave is capable of holding - and therefore cooking - more food at once.

Available Colours

Black is the most common colour amongst new microwaves. We found 453 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured. We found 441 microwaves that are microwaves that have a stainless steel coloured, making this the second most common colour amongst new microwaves.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Microwaves?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying microwaves. For each retailer it shows the total number of microwaves where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying microwaves. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 406 of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Microwaves for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for microwaves by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of microwave prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's microwave prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 65.7% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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